An interesting foundation of a story is laid at the beginning of this book which occurs in Paris at the beginning of WWII. Fast forward to 1944 and what seem like unconnected cases converge in and around London. A young Polish girl is found dead in the streets during a blackout. This case would have been long forgotten had it not been for her employer, former policeman John Madden, who feels it is his duty to follow up and find out why she was the victim of a seemingly random act. The book took a little time to get into but once the action started was well worth reading. Apparently this is the third mystery with Madden featured; his first was nominated for an Edgar so will have to try that out too.